The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

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Armed with a smile, David Cobb tells a tale about challenging corporate rule

Accompanied by folk music and armed with a smile, David Cobb began his lecture by asking the audience: “How many of you believe that ‘We the People’ are ruling in the United States?” When only a few hands went up, he continued, “This is a sign that America is being ruled by a small, few elite.”

David Cobb, a trial lawyer, political activist and former Green-Party presidential candidate, is currently the National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the political coalition Move to Amend. Born in Texas, Cobb attended the University of Houston Law School before becoming a lawyer. Since then, he has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.

MLDP Spring 2014 Kicks-off with Darin Eich!

On March 25, 2014, Dartmouth’s Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) kicked off its program by welcoming Dr. Darin Eich of the University of Wisconsin to present Catalyze. Dr. Eich began the session with a brief and concise presentation about the definition of a leader, the importance of innovation, and the idea of “breaking through the paper” in life that will empower one to stop over-thinking and to simply act. Sophomore Abby Markowitz said, "Our first discussion on the difference between manger and leader made me realize that while we hear the word ‘leader’ so many times in daily life, we don't often stop to think about what being a leader really means.”

The Power of Networking

As part of MLDP, we encourage students to take advantage of the Rockefeller Center's bonus content, which can be found on our Pinterest page by clicking here. We hope students can use the bonus content as a way of learning about real-life examples that draw on the material we teach in the program. For more information about MLDP, click here

The power of networking is the one common ingredient to success. Networking is something we all innately do, but any successful professional must network with a purpose within the confines of the work environment. It must become an integral part of daily life. In our modern day world of social media, we like to do everything via the Internet, but at the end of the day, it is good old-fashioned networking that ultimately helps the most. 

Notes from the Field: Nikki Sachdeva '15

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Nikki Sachdeva ‘15

Internship Organization: Instiglio - Medellín, Colombia

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
A social startup based in Medellín, Colombia, Instiglio designs Social Impact Bonds and Development Impact Bonds, forms of results-based financing, in emerging markets. Instiglio ties funding to results, aiming for a world in which every cent invested in fighting poverty maximizes social impact.

Notes from the Field: Sara Kassir '15

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Sara Kassir '15

Internship Organization: US State Department – Washington, DC

RLF Recap: The Leadership of Bad News - Telling people things they don’t want to hear

Professor Charlie Wheelan '88, a Senior Lecturer in Economics, came to RLF this week, and his session highlighted the very pervasive problems that exist in policymaking and political leadership. Previously a correspondent for The Economist, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, a candidate for Illinois’ 5th congressional district and a student at Dartmouth, Professor Wheelan is incredibly well-versed in the understanding of how people process policies and political messages.

Students from the Policy Research Shop Present Their Report on Fossil Fuel Divestment


On Thursday, February 27th, three Policy Research Shop (PRS) students traveled to Montpelier, VT to deliver a formal testimony regarding their findings. Sean Connolly ’16, Katie Schultz ’16 and Nick Shallow ’16 testified before the Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee. The group was invited to present by Senator Anthony Pollina, who contacted the Rockefeller Center’s PRS to request a study related to Vermont State Bill S.131. The Senate Bill proposes “that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee divest from companies that extract, produce, or refine fossil fuels.” 

Notes form the Field: Simone Wien '16

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Simone Wien '16

Internship Organization: Division for Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Atlanta, GA

RLF Recap: Intercultural Communication with Professor Anguiano

This past Thursday, RLF had the pleasure of welcoming Claudia Anguiano from Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. Professor Anguiano’s session covered the importance of critically examining how we let impressions shape our understanding of others as well as the types of attribution errors we naturally make when communicating. Among these problems are our tendencies to judge others off of our own behaviors, attribute others’ mistakes to fundamental flaws, and outweighing positive attributes with negative memories of or experiences with a person.

The Fellows broke out into a group activity which allowed us to experience firsthand the frustration of trying to have a discussion when our goals and attitudes did not align with those of the other side. The lessons learned were extremely relevant given the Freedom Budget and the increased campus activism around bridging diverse groups in discussion and problem-solving.

Notes from the Field: Mark Sheridan '15

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Mark Sheridan’15

Internship Organization: League of Conservation Voters – Washington, DC 

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